Assessment Programmes – Year 8

 

Art

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnArtist Postcards
• Developing skills in Watercolour, Artist research and 3D
• Researching an artist of the students choice to study and replicate their art technique
2 hour Still Life drawing in pencil
Artist Postcard Class Project Work
Homework task of creating a research project on an artist of students choice in a handmade postcard with a 3D bag design outcome
20% of overall year 8 marks
SpringThe Art Movement Fauvism
• Developing skills in Colour Mixing and Watercolour
• Researching artists Henri Matisse and Andre Derain
2 hour Matisse inspired Fauvist window design in watercolour
Fauvism Class project work
Homework task of researching a Fauvist artist of students choice in a PowerPoint
20% of overall year 8 marks
SummerPortraiture in Art
• Developing skills in traditional Pencil Portraiture drawing and Digital Art drawing on IT programme Paint
• Researching artists Chuck Close and Julian Opie
2 hour Eye drawing in pencil
Portraiture Class project work
20% of overall year 8 marks
Year 8 Summer Exam 2 hour drawing of school tie in pencil
40% of overall year 8 marks

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 40% exam
  • 60% class assessments throughout the year

 

Dance

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn• Warm Up Scheme of Work –
Planning, delivering and Evaluating an advanced Dance Warm up that includes exercises that Mobilise the Joints, Raise the Pulse, Stretch the Muscles and Strengthening and short term and long term effects on the body.
• 6 Basic Actions choreography –
Learning more advanced principles of choreography, creating a trio based on the 6 actions
Unit 1 evidence
• Warm up plan – written
• Delivery test – practical
• Evaluation – written
Unit 2 evidence
• A Dance choreography recorded
Spring• Commercial Street Dance Scheme of work
Recapping and learning advanced skills in Hip Hop, Street, Locking, Breakdance and choreography in crews. The use of more advanced choreographic devices and group work.
Unit 3 and 4
• Skills are assessed in each style and compiled into a choreographed dance and performed in competition style – practical
Summer• Contact Improvisation
Learning the basics of this style and working to choreograph a duet/trio and perform
• Inter-house Dance
Students work in house groups to create a dance for performance. Everyone takes on a role and contributes with their strengths accordingly.
Unit 5/6
• Performance skills – practical
• Assessment point 6 will take into account the Assessments
o Warm up scheme – 20%
o 6 Basic Action – 20%
o Breakdance scheme 20%
o Inter-house assessment – 20%
Written exam – 20%

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 20% exam
  • 80% class assessments throughout the year

 

Drama

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn

• Key skills
• Independent learning
Skill recap, Silent Movies and Slapstick Comedy
• Looking at all of the basic drama skills including crosscutting, still images and thought tracking.
• Learning about the different stage positions.
• Researching Slapstick from the 1920’s.
Responding to the elements of comedy in performance.
20% classwork assessment (practical exploration)
• 1 hour assessment looking at drama skills and their effectiveness in performance
Page to stage H/W task.
Spring

• Script work
Issue based
The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty and Shakespeare
• Developing basic skills and applying them to different situations whilst learning to explore a script.
• Looking at a real life issue/theme and exploring this through the medium and elements of drama.
• Researching the History of Theatre.
Reinventing Shakespeare for modern day audiences.
20% classwork assessment (scripted work)
• 15 minutes scripted performance.
• Discussion and group work.
Summer

• Creativity
• Evaluation and Response
Devising and Urban Legends
• Developing independence and confidence
• Taking charge of own and others work
• Learning to adapt audiences
Learning how to use lighting and sound effects in performance
20% classwork and 40% final performance
• Final performance (10 minutes)
• Lighting and sound effects workshop (design and practical elements)

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 40% exam
  • 60% classwork assessments throughout the year

 

DT

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnDesign and make with levers/linkagesAnimated advert project
SpringMechanism, control, teamworkFairground project
SummerDesign and make with bask electronicsAverage level for the whole year and includes the Membrane switch project.

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

Average from the 3 projects and end of year exam.


 

English

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn - LanguageTravel
AO1: Identify and interpret explicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence.
A05: Communicates clearly, effectively and imaginatively
Selects and adapts tone, style, register for different forms and purposes and audiences
Organises information and ideas (point of view)
PPE assessment
Autumn - LiteratureOur Day Out
(A01,A02A03,A04)
How does Russell present ideas about social class in Our Day Out?
Write about:
What some of the ideas about social class are;
How Russell presents some of these ideas by the way he writes. (45 minutes)
PPE assessment
Spring - LanguagePoverty
A01, A05 (Describe) plus..
AO2: Explain, comment, analyse:
Writers use of language and structure,
How writer effects and influences reader
Subject terminology
PPE assessment
Spring - LiteraturePre 20th Century Prose and Poetry (A01,A02,A03,A04)PPE assessment
Summer - Language War
A01, A02, A05 (Narrative) plus…
A03: Compare writers ideas and perspectives, how they are conveyed across two or more texts.
A04: Evaluate texts critically. Support with textual references.
Spoken Language Study (post PPE)
PPE assessment
Summer - LiteratureBoy In The Striped Pyjamas
(A01,A02A03)
PPE assessment

The components of the final assessment level are as follows

  • 60% exam
  • 40% Controlled assessment

 

Food Technology

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn- General nutrition - protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals

- Cooking - to produce a basic range of nutritious dishes

- The junk food debate
- Practical assessment
- Test - nutrition
Spring- Cooking - to produce a more varied range of dishes

- Introduction to cultural foods

- Research task - British cooking
- Practical assessment
- Test - culture
SummerTextiles – correct use of a sewing machine
Decorative techniques to achieve a home furnishing – to include the use of tie dye or applique
- Practical assessment – cushion
- Summative exam to include
- Health and safety
- Nutrient Groups
- International influences
- Cooking methods

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 25% exam
  • 75% practical and coursework

 

Geography

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnLocational Geography
Asia’s physical and human geography its cities and mountain ranges/rivers.
The key environmental regions of the world

Weather and Climate
What causes the weather?
Measuring the weather
Hurricanes
The Formation of a hurricane
The location of tropical revolving storms around the globe.
Case study of Hurricane Katrina
Locational Geography Assessment (10% of the end of year grade). (10% of the end of year grade).
SpringPopulation
Key terms including birth rate and death rate.
World population growth
China’s One Child Policy
Sweden’s pro – natalist policy

Rivers
The water cycle
The 3 courses of a river
River landforms:
Waterfalls
Meanders
Ox-bow lakes
River flooding – causes, effects and responses. A recent case study of a flood.
End of season exam on work covered so far (10% of the end of year grade).
SummerEnd of year exam - 80% of the end of year grade.
2 end of topic tests make up the final 20%
  • 70% exam
  • 30% end of topic exams throughout the year

 

History

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn• Tudor England – Henry VIII/Elizabeth I/
Mary Queen of Scots/Armada
• Stuart England – Gunpowder Plot/Witches/
Civil War/ Restoration/Plague
• Henry VIII and the Church assessment – Change and continuity
• Gunpowder Plot assessment - interpretations
SpringThe New World
• Native American culture/clash with British
• Pocahontas
• Revolutions – Industrial/ Agricultural/Transport
• Native American class assessment

Mid term examination
Summer• Consequences of Empire building-
Life in towns/factories/workhouses/
the colonies
• The Transatlantic Slave Trade
• Class assessment - Sources
End of Year examination

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 65% end of year exam
  • 25% Mid-term exam
  • 10% class assessments throughout the year

 

Computing

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnInternet Safety
Binary conversion & addition
Databases
Binary conversion & addition test
Database class assessment
SpringAlgorithms & Flowol
Computer Systems
Algorithms & Flowol class assessment
Computer Systems test
Mid Year Exam

SummerRevision
Networks
Network class assessment
End of Year Exam

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 80% exam
  • 20% class assessments throughout the year

 

Life Studies

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnCareers - World of work – what jobs exist? Personal qualities and skills, the labour market, stereotyping.

Citizenship - Media and society – The press, media and the growth of celebrity culture.
SpringCitizenship - Having My Say – What is politics? How does voting work? What are the political parties?

Health - Sex and relationships – Self-esteem, bodies, sex & language, managing attraction and feelings, contraception, staying safe.
Written assessment – should voting be made compulsory in the UK?
(50% of the final end of year grade.)
SummerCitizenship -Right to an education – why is education important? Girls and education in poorer parts of the world, taking action.

Health - Dealing with drugs, legal vs. illegal drugs, drugs and the law, smoking, alcohol, dealing with peer pressure.
Written assessment – writing a letter to your MEP. (50% of the final end of year grade.)

The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

100% end of class assessments throughout the year.


 

Maths

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnSequences and place value, integers and decimals, calculators
Angles and 3D shapes
Mean, Mode, Median & Range + statistical diagrams
A piece of assessed classroom learning
Test (end of unit)
SpringExpressions, Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratio Equations and Inequalities
Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratio
Test (end of unit)
SummerMeasure, Constructions and 3D shape
Probability
Review of year
Test (end of unit)
End of year test (summative of all work studied)

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

100% end of year exam


 

MFL – French

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnSport and Free TimeListening assessment
Reading assessment
On-going speaking assessment
Writing assessment
SpringTownListening assessment
Reading assessment
On-going speaking assessment
Writing assessment
SummerHolidaysEnd-of-year listening exam = 25%
End-of-year reading exam = 25%
On-going speaking assessment for the year = 25%
Writing assessment (unseen) = 25%

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 40% exam
  • 60% classwork assessments throughout the year

 

MFL – German

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnSelf, Family and PetsListening assessment
Reading assessment
On-going speaking assessment
Writing assessment
SpringHouseListening assessment
Reading assessment
On-going speaking assessment
Writing assessment
SummerTownEnd-of-year listening exam = 25%
End-of-year reading exam = 25%
On-going speaking assessment for the year = 25%
Writing assessment (unseen) = 25%

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 40% exam
  • 60% classwork assessments throughout the year

 

Music

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnAnti-War Songs
Charity Song Composition
Classical music – Fur Elise
Pop Music including Christmas pop music
Charity Composition
SpringUnderstanding Chords
Composition using chords
The Blues Presentation
Blues Composition/Performance
Blues Performance
SummerMusical Theatre Performance
Musical Theatre Composition
Understanding Structure and Form
Composing using structure
The Blues

End of Year Exam

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 40% Exam60% Class Assessments

 

PE – Girls

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn• Netball

• Tag Rugby

• Gymnastic / Badminton
• Fitness
• Assessment through core task and performance in invasion games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task and performance in invasion games and individual skills
• A practical performance in a group and solo performance
• 12 minute run initial assessment
Spring• Fitness
• Trampoline
• Table Tennis

• Basketball/ Volleyball/ Badminton
• 12 minute run progress measured
• School set 10 bounce routine and advanced twist assessment
• Assessment through core task and performance in net games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task and performance in invasion games, net games and individual skills
Summer• Rounder’s

• Cricket


• Tennis

• Athletics
• Assessment through core task, striking, fielding games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task, striking, fielding games and individual skills

• Assessment through core task and performance in net games and individual games

• Assessment through Athletic awards the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards

PE – Boys

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn• Badminton

• Rugby

• Football


• Fitness
• Assessment through core task and performance in net games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task and performance in invasion games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task and performance in invasion games and individual skills

• 12 minute run initial assessment
Spring• Fitness
• Trampoline
• Table Tennis

• Handball/ Basketball / Rugby / Football
• 12 minute run progress measured
• School set 10 bounce routine and advanced twist assessment
• Assessment through core task and performance in net games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task and performance in invasion games and individual skills
Summer• Softball

• Cricket


• Tennis


• Athletics
• Assessment through core task, striking , fielding games and individual skills
• Assessment through core task, striking , fielding games and individual skills

• Assessment through core task and performance in net games and individual games

• Assessment through Athletic awards the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

Average level of the top four attainment levels from the sports/activities covered.


RE

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnJudaism – History
Torah
Festivals
Food Laws
Judaism test – knowledge/understanding and evaluation.
Weighting is 10%
SpringChristianity – Jesus
Miracles
Parables
Crucifixion and resurrection
Extended piece of writing on the crucifixion and resurrection and what it means to Christians. Weighting is 10%
SummerIslam – Allah
Muhammad
Qur’an
The five Pillars of Islam
Exam on Five pillars – the importance of religious principles.
Weighting is 80%

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 80% exam
  • 20% classwork assessments throughout the year

 

Science

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnBiology – Plants and food
Chemistry – Earth and atmosphere
Physics – Light and heat
Literacy task (extended writing Q)
End of LP exam – multiple choice questions
Practical Activity Group Investigation
SpringBiology - Living
Chemistry – Periodic table
Physics- Sound and magnets
Literacy task (extended writing Q)
End of LP exam – multiple choice questions

Practical Activity Group Investigation
SummerBiology – Environment and variation
Chemistry – Reactions of metals and compounds
Physics – Space, pressure and moments
Literacy task (extended writing Q)
End of LP exam – multiple choice questions
Practical Activity Group Investigation

Final End of Year assessment is a combination of:
• End of Year exam (75%)
Class work - Extended writing Qs and end of LP exam Q’s (25%)

The components of the final assessment level are as follows:

  • 75% exam
  • 25% classwork assessments throughout the year